Project Description

Advancing Equity – Recruiting, Retaining, and Supporting Educators of Color

Our Mission: Strengthen California’s capacity to provide equity-driven, clinically rich, teacher preparation and support.

Our Vision: California’s powerfully prepared, diverse, and thriving teacher workforce advances educational equity and justice, providing the learning supports that ensure every student reaches their full potential.

The California Teacher Residency Lab connects and strengthens partners who are preparing effective teachers through high-quality clinical experiences. Lab participants learn from one another and from experts, strengthen their intra-program partnerships and residency programs, and engage in formal and informal networking to support continuous improvement. The Lab is designed to help partners accelerate the progress of their respective programs while collectively advancing a vision for high-quality residences that incorporate research-based characteristics.
For more information related to our work please download our Statement of Strategic Direction. You can also contact Jacquelyn Ollison, Program Director by email or phone at 916-426-6781. You can also read more about our values-driven work at our blog: Compassion-Driven Education

Participating residencies are committed to continuous program improvement in alignment with The Lab’s high-quality research-based characteristics*, which are:

  • Authentic inter-institutional partnerships between LEA, accredited credentialing institution, and possibly other organizations
  • Financially sustainable model
  • Routines to collect, analyze, and use formative and outcome data for continuous improvement
  • Recruitment of diverse, high-ability candidates to meet specific district hiring needs in alignment with focus area of residency (BLE, STEM, SPED)
  • Full-year of clinical practice teaching alongside an expert mentor teacher
  • Relevant coursework that is tightly integrated with clinical practice
  • Recruitment and training of expert mentor teachers who co-teach with residents
  • Cohorts of residents in “teaching schools” that model good practices with diverse learners and are designed to help novices learn to teach
  • Ongoing mentoring and support for graduates

*These characteristics are informed by research conducted by Learning Policy Institute and National Center for Teacher Residencies.


Spotlight and further develop the pivotal role of teacher residency systems/partnerships in recruiting and retaining teachers of color and the student equity gains that will result from a well-prepared teaching workforce. Strengthen the conditions and offerings of teacher preparation programs to ensure that African American and Latinx teachers enroll, thrive, and stay; and that all new teachers are prepared to successfully support English Learners.


Continue the development of a learning community where clinically-rich teacher preparation programs learn from one another and experts, strengthen their intra-program partnerships, and engage in formal and informal networking to support continuous improvement.


Build a strong coalition of support for teacher residencies and clinically-rich teacher preparation at the state level. Raise awareness resulting in continued and growing support for innovation in teacher clinical preparation.


Build on the significant public and philanthropic investment made to date to continue to support Teacher Residency Grant partnerships and create the basis for clinically-rich teacher preparation becoming the norm in California.

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California Teacher Residency Lab partnerships, 2020-2021

  • AchieveKids with Pacific Oaks College, Institute for the Redesign of Learning, and Creekside, Spectrum Schools

  • Bakersfield City School District with CSU Bakersfield

  • Fresno Unified School District with Fresno State

  • Greenfield Union School District with CSU Bakersfield

  • Humboldt County Office of Education with Humboldt State

  • Kern High School District with CSU Bakersfield

  • Los Angeles Unified School District with Cal State LA, CSU Northridge, CSU Dominguez Hills, and UCLA

  • Madera Unified School District with Fresno State

  • Monterey County Office of Education with CSU Monterey Bay

  • Napa Valley Unified School District with Sonoma State, Trellis, and Santa Rosa City Schools

  • Oakland Unified School District with CSU East Bay, UC Berkeley, and Trellis

  • Partnerships to Uplift Communities with Loyola Marymount University

  • Pasadena Unified School District with Cal State LA

  • San Francisco Unified School District with University of San Francisco and Stanford University

  • San Francisco Unified School District with San Francisco State and Trellis

  • San Joaquin County Office of Education with Teachers College of San Joaquin

  • Tracy Joint Unified School District with Notre Dame de Namur

  • UC Merced Teacher Extension Teacher Preparation Program

  • West Contra Costa Unified School District with CSU East Bay